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Joint strategy to support independent living

Improving choices for people with a physical disability and/ or sensory impairment and ensuring they have control over any support they require to go about their daily lives, is the aim of a new independent living strategy.

icon The Joint Strategy to Support Independent Living [662Kb] & Quality of Life for Adults with a Physical and/ or Sensory Impairment has been developed by a partnership including the Council and the local Community Health Partnership, Live Active Leisure, Vision PK, North East Sensory Services (NESS) and the Centre for Inclusive Living Perth and Kinross (CILPK). A range of other stakeholders and individual community members with a physical disability and/ or sensory impairment have also been consulted in the development of the strategy.

The key areas highlighted during consultation included;

  • communication,
  • physical activity,
  • 'getting out and about',
  • transport/ parking.

Councillor Kate Howie, Vice-Convener of the Housing & Health Committee, said: "This joint strategy is an important stage in making life in Perth and Kinross as accessible as possible for all residents and visitors. The ambitious implementation plan attached to the strategy sets out a range of activities to meet the objectives identified by local people with a physical disability and/ or sensory impairment.

"The strategy also recognises some of the moves already made this year to improve and raise awareness of accessibility issues in the local area. This includes the launch of the Perth and Kinross venue guide hosted on the national accessibility website, and the introduction of the Safe Place Scheme in Perth City."

Earlier this year the Scottish Government published a national sensory strategy for Scotland, 'See Hear'. Part of the activity from the Perth and Kinross Joint Strategy is to ensure that the 'See Hear' strategy is implemented at a local level.